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Dates Still Available for Holiday Lodging at the Stanford Alpine Chalet

by stanfordsierra

12 20, 2013 | Posted in The Stanford Alpine Chalet | 0 comments

If you are still thinking about a trip up to the snow this Christmas - New Year's holiday, the Stanford Alpine Chalet has some rooms available. Some of the available space opened up recently after the Stanford football team secured their spot versus Michigan State in the 2014 Rose Bowl on Wednesday, January 1. (Go Cardinal!)  A number of alums cut their Chalet visit short to head to Pasadena! Yesterday a fresh dusting of snow fell over the Lake Tahoe area, and now the forecast is for clear skies, so dry roads for your trip up to the mountains and California sunshine for your snow time!

Emerald Bay with a fresh coat of snow

Emerald Bay with a fresh coat of snow

At the Chalet, your day starts with a cooked-to-order breakfast. Chef Scott is ready to take your order and cook up your eggs as you like them!  After breakfast, you can hop on the Chalet ski shuttle and head to the nearby slopes at Alpine Meadows. The Chalet shuttle runs three times each morning and afternoon, or you can make the short drive over to Squaw Valley. You can purchase discounted Alpine/ Squaw lift tickets at the Chalet office. For some sledding fun, there is a nice hill just across the street from the Chalet. B.Y.O.S - bring your own sleds! After a day of fun on the mountains, you can soak your tired muscles in the Chalet's outdoor hot tub and enjoy the amazing view of the surrounding peaks.
The view through the new hot tub fence!

The view through the new hot tub fence!

During the holidays the Chalet provides daily apres ski social hour with wine and hors d'oeuvres. If there is enough interest from onsite guests, have dinner right there at the Chalet. You can also head to Truckee or Tahoe City for a wide selection of excellent restaurants. Of course the great room is a cozy place to spend the evening in front of the fire and the Christmas tree! IMG_3213 Happy holidays to you and we hope to see you soon! Call Brian today at 530-583-1550 to schedule your holiday getaway to the Chalet!

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Linguine with Basil, Roasted Tomatoes, Preserved Lemons and Parmesan

by stanfordsierra

12 05, 2013 | Posted in Dining | 0 comments

During this busy time of year, it's nice to have some easy, healthy and tasty recipes to throw together. Our executive sous chef Tara Crowley served linguine with basil, roasted tomatoes, preserved lemons and Parmesan during our fall conference season. You can make this at home or serve it for your next group event.

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If you're cutting back on simple carbs during this holiday season overloaded with treats made of white flour and sugar, replace the linguine with spaghetti squash. Of course, in this recipe the preserved lemons will need to be prepped in advance or you can purchase them. If you want to make your own preserved lemons, Elise Bauer, a past presenter at our Stanford alumni creative camp,  has an easy to follow recipe for preserved lemons on her blog Simply Recipes. Tara preserved her lemons in the summer. After a month, she discarded the accumulated liquid and roasted the lemon salt for margaritas, etc. (how good does that sound!)
Tara's preserved lemons and roasted lemon salt

Tara's preserved lemons and roasted lemon salt

Your lemons can preserve for three weeks or up to four months. DSCN2535Roasting tomatoes is a simple step to add great flavor. Especially this time of year when tomatoes aren't in season and don't have the great flavor of a summer tomato. Quarter or halve tomatoes and add fresh sliced garlic which sweetens while roasting. I found an easy roasted tomato recipe on David Lebovitz's blog. IMG_2648 While your pasta or spaghetti squash is cooking, you want to chop your basil and grate your Parmesan. When your linguine is ready, toss with olive oil, then plate the linguine, sprinkle the chopped basil and grated Parmesan, then  top with preserved lemons and the roasted tomatoes then drizzle with balsamic vinegar - yum!
Delicious and pretty!

Bon appetite!

In the spring, we'll share more delicious recipes from our dynamic kitchen trio, Dave, Tara and Katie!

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